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Abominable Winter Ale - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

227 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 31
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops and six organic malts.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: ElGordo on 12-24-2008)
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SnatchyMcPants

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

12-29-2012 19:51:13 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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spamages

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

01-01-2012 08:11:08 | More by spamages
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PZBREW

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-11-2013 17:52:57 | More by PZBREW
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Flightoficarus

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a transparent copper hue, with a nice 2-finger off-white head. Retention and lacing are quite good.

S - Smell is of caramel malts, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), pine, and candied citrus fruits. Some really fantastic aromas coming from this beer!

T - Taste if of candied grapefruit, backed by biscuit-y caramel malts, various spices, and finishes with moderate pine bitterness (though not quite to an IPA level).

M - Body here is medium, which was slightly lighter than expected for it's ABV and the style, but pleasant nonetheless. Carbonation is light. Slight hop oiliness is present.

O - Overall, a tasty and winter ale with a slight emphasis on hops, and yet another good offering from Hopworks. Be sure to give this one a try if you spot it.

Serving type: can

11-05-2012 07:21:17 | More by Flightoficarus
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robbrandes

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taster poured from a bottle @ Elegance - thanks Carl! reviewed from notes.

pours a nice light brown, impressive head. really big citrus nose on this one - gotta love those centennials!

taste follows smell with a big citrus punch, but the malt and alcohol balance is very good and make for a clean finish.

definitely enjoyed this beer. forget winter, this was just fine in the first week of june!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 05:26:51 | More by robbrandes
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jnoelani

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

12-05-2012 03:42:07 | More by jnoelani
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. It's still winter last time we checked, so this arrived right on time. The nose is an amazingly enticing combination of citrus and sweet malt. Great hops/malt balance. The taste definitely delivers a similar experience, but with so much more complexity. There's plenty of sweet fruit, marmalade zing, ripe melons and a nice roundness to the malt. But a since so much of the fruit blast comes as a result of the hops, there's also a good clean, drying finish that saves this from being overly sweet. Hard to categorize this beer, except to say that it's delicious and is one of the better winter brews we've tried this year.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 03:02:11 | More by CookstLiquor
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Greels

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2%

12-08-2013 03:23:56 | More by Greels
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hannaho

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

01-07-2013 03:52:30 | More by hannaho
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Kylemif

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-02-2014 20:45:22 | More by Kylemif
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MadeInOregon

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hopworks' Abominable Winter Ale is delicious, but as is so often my experience with "winter ales" I'm really not sure what this style is supposed to taste like because the variation from brewer to brewer seems to be all over the place. That aside, this is a surprisingly great beer.

Poured out of the 22oz'er the body is a light caramely red color (like sherry) and has frothy lacing like mad. Looks nice.

Smells of hops and malt, not much else. This is a big and aromatic beer. Excellent.

The taste is excellent as well. First taste makes me think I'm drinking an imperial IPA but then the sweetness from the malt kicks in. Think of a strong, extra malty IPA and there ya go, that is the Abominable Winter Ale. The flavor goes from sweet malt --> hops. It's very big and strong in both aspects, but still well-balanced (not too dry or too sweet).

The body is pretty light, but still very creamy due to all the head that sticks around after pouring.

This is a good one, it's just missing the seemingly requisite chocolatey aspect of every winter ales, winter warmers, winter seasonals, and anniversary ales I've ever come across. As a result, I just can't give it the 5.0 for taste that I want to, even though it is truly excellent tasting.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 05:32:32 | More by MadeInOregon
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Beerme5

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-21-2013 15:37:23 | More by Beerme5
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cburns48

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-26-2012 15:15:19 | More by cburns48
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep, clear mahogany red with a fluffy off-white head and good lacing.

A: Big grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, and spicey hop notes as well as a caramel/bisciut malt backbone and some roasted notes. Very clean yeast profile.

T: Surprisingly smooth bitterness up front, followed by grapefruit rind, pine, and slightly resiny hop notes with a biscuit and caramel malt balance. Moderate carbonation and a smooth body lead into a clean finish.

Overall, a very tasty brew, but not what one would usually expect out of a winter ale. Much closer to a heavily hopped Northwest Red Ale, or a heavily hopped imperial german alt. With that in mind, this brew is definitely worth a try, especially for you hopheads.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2013 00:21:31 | More by Siriusfisherman
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jason_nwx

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

01-13-2014 02:10:31 | More by jason_nwx
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BeerNW

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

12-20-2012 14:53:10 | More by BeerNW
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Elimination

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A copper amber red with a little bit of white head that vanishes quick

Smell is sweet hops, a tad spice and Carmel

Taste is a bit more bitter than the smell slight citrus a bit of spice to it and some fused alcohol

Mouthfeel is light and filled with a good carb drink is good but I wasn't to wowed by this.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 19:55:19 | More by Elimination
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BigJYoungblood

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-09-2013 07:50:27 | More by BigJYoungblood
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-30-2014 17:26:06 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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woodenbones

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-04-2012 05:57:47 | More by woodenbones
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mikediesel124

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2%

01-03-2013 17:58:32 | More by mikediesel124
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Intrinsic

Germany

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me more of an IPA considering how hopped up it is. It's about the same colour as an Imperial (dark amber), with a nice brownish head. Normal retention, slight lacing. It smells great - lots of hops, slightly piney, a little citrus. Flavour falls along the same lines. The finish is slightly oily but not bad. Overall I like this beer. Why isn't stuff like this available in Quebec?!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:40:28 | More by Intrinsic
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mdavidson

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-23-2012 04:06:13 | More by mdavidson
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This amber poured a great burnt orangish color. Poured into a tulip it gave me a stunted white head that became more pronounced as it warmed and as I refilled. The nose was beautiful like a hophead's foyer dish of potpourri; Centennial, Cascade & Simcoe the label read. It tasted fantastic with a burst of sun-kissed citrus fruits from an exceptional trio of hops. It was wildly vibrant but I never once found it overbearing. The 6 organic malts rounded out the body of this very well, but it finished too quick leaving me longing for a little more of a linger... I wish I had another (and I wish that we could get this here in WI)

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 06:34:54 | More by burnheartsMKE
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, $5.99 + deposit at BC Liquor Store at 8th and Cambie, Vancouver.

A: warm golden brown with about a finger of head and good retention.
S: grapefruit and other citrus, plus a more general fruitiness. Some sweetness.
T: grapefruit, malt, moderate but not overwhelming bitterness.

Based on the name, I was expecting a winter warmer. I see the it's listed on here as an American amber / red ale, which is definitely more accurate. I think I need a beeradvocate.com app so I can check out beer info from the liquor store before I make my purchases! This wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't what I wanted.

Would I get it again? I wouldn't seek it out, but I definitely wouldn't turn it down either.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:21:09 | More by souvenirs
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.